These kick-ass books celebrate the achievements of bold and brilliant girls and women. From super heroes and trailblazers to campaigners and hairdressers, these sassy stalwarts are role models for kids everywhere.
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History brings to life the true stories, struggles and achievements of 40 trailblazing women of colour in world history, through charming illustrations by author Vashti Harrison. From iconic pioneers of the Black Civil Rights movement to writers, singers, sportswomen, academics, Little Leaders will inspire the leaders of tomorrow and show that anything is possible.
Malala’s Magic Pencil
As a young girl growing up in Pakistan, Malala wished for a magic pencil with which she could redraw reality and magically erase acts of injustice. Although she never found a magic pencil, Malala soon discovered that her own actions can make a real difference in the world. This picture book shows readers the worldview that allowed Malala to hold on to hope and to make her voice heard even in the most difficult of times – it’s an important and empowering message for all ages.
Emmeline and the Plucky Pup
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of women getting the vote, a momentous time in history for in the battle for female equality. The world’s first Suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was a key campaigner in that long-fought battle, but she couldn’t have done it without the help of her trusty pup Alfie who enabled her to deliver secret messages among her fellow Suffragettes. This is a touching book that brings to life the history of the ‘Votes for Women’ campaign for younger readers.
Smashing the patriarchy doesn’t always have to be about activism. In Louisa May-Alcott’s classic coming-of-age novel Little Women, Jo March challenges stereotypes to peruse a writing career in a time when a woman’s place in society was very different to present day. Her unwavering determination to realise her potential continues to be relevant in contemporary times and makes her a feminist heroine we can all relate to.
Supergirl at Superhero High
The recent loss of Supergirl’s family from Krypton is making it hard for her to settle into her new school, which we all know is tough – even at the best of times. Though she quickly bonds with her fellow pupils Wonder Woman and Barbara Gordon (aka Batgirl) she still has doubts about whether or not she should stay. Delivering plenty of action-packed super hero fun, this story sends positive message about girl power, solidarity, and having the confidence and courage to believe in yourself.
Doctor Who: The Day She Saved the Doctor
Prepare to journey through space and time with four female companions, in four exciting new adventures told by four female writers. This timely storybook explores and celebrates the role of the companion as much more than just a sassy sidekick; saving the Doctor’s life is par for the course for these bad-ass women and each one is intelligent, emotionally complex and has a fascinating backstory. Leading female writers (and self-confessed Doctor Who super fans) Jenny T Colgan, Susan Calman, Dorothy Koomson and Jaqueline Rayner bring Rose, Sarah-Jane, Clara and Bill centre stage in these compelling stories.
Who Was Marie Curie?
Born during an era when it was forbidden for women to go to university, Marie Curie fought against adversity to become one of the world’s most celebrated and accomplished scientists. She discovered two elements and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. This eBook details the story of her amazing life, giving insight into her struggles and her incredible achievements – it’s perfect for any budding science geeks.
The Fairytale Hairdresser and the Princess and Aladdin
Never judge a book by its cover – or its glitter! Kitty Lacey is a strong, independent business woman and this time she’s tangled up in a world of flying carpets, mysterious jewels and magical lamps. This modern take on a traditional fairy tale subverts gender roles; can Kitty rescue Aladdin, and save the day? The Fairytale Hairdresser series proves you can still be fabulous and a feminist.